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Friday, May 25, 2007

Today's Globe: albatross back, FDA and tobacco, home smoking bans, marijuana and brain wiring

albatross150.bmpAfter gloriously soaring to freedom over Falmouth on Sunday, a rare yellow-nosed albatross is back in captivity, thousands of miles from its South Atlantic range.

Congress should give the Food and Drug Administration new powers to regulate tobacco products -- including a plan to reduce nicotine levels -- to help slash smoking rates, an Institute of Medicine committee said yesterday.

Smoking is forbidden in nearly 75 percent of US households, a dramatic increase from the 43 percent of homes that prohibited smoking a decade ago, the federal government reported yesterday.

Chemicals like those in marijuana help shape the way brain cells form connections, scientists said, suggesting why pregnant women who smoke pot may harm fetuses.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:20 AM
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